Is the fluoride in my drinking water safe?

Irving’s water abides by the recommended best practices endorsed by various U.S. public health organizations, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It has concluded that fluoride in water helps prevent tooth decay, improves oral health and helps maintain bone structure.

In addition, the fluoride concentration in Irving’s water is slightly below the recommended level of 0.7 parts per million (ppm) endorsed by the U.S. Public Health Services and is well below the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's maximum level of 4.0 ppm. Community water fluoridation is recommended by nearly all public health, medical and dental organizations including the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, U.S. Public Health Service and the World Health Organization.

The Texas Department of State Health Services suggests the following websites for information about community water fluoridation:

American Dental Association:

Campaign for Dental Health:

Texas Fluoridation Program:

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1. How do I know if my bill matches my meter reading?
2. Will it affect my bill if city crews were working on a water line repair on my street?
3. Why do I have milky colored water coming out of my faucet?
4. My water was off due to a water main break or private repair. Now I hear noise in my water line and air is coming from my faucet after I turn the water on. What should I do?
5. Why do I have low pressure in my house?
6. I have had a new meter installed, and my bill has increased. Can I have my meter tested?
7. Why am I always encouraged to conserve water when Water Utilities uses up water flushing fire hydrants?
8. Who is responsible for painting the fire hydrants?
9. The city made a repair in front of my house and left a pile of dirt behind. When will it be cleaned up?
10. The city made a repair at my house and the concrete sidewalk (or street, or driveway) was removed. When will this be fixed?
11. The city made a repair on my grass / landscaping / irrigation system. When will it be cleaned?
12. When do I need to move my car if there is a problem with a pipe under my driveway that needs to be fixed?
13. There was a water break and the water was shut off in my area. Why wasn't I notified?
14. What should I do if my water is off and needs to be turned back on?
15. How long will it take to clean the sewer line with the big trucks?
16. The plumber said the stoppage is on the city side. Will the city fix it?
17. Some drains and toilets work and others do not, what should I do?
18. I have sewage backing up in my house. What should I do?
19. Is water with chlorine in it safe to drink?
20. How hard is Irving's water?
21. Is the fluoride in my drinking water safe?
22. Is it okay to use hot water from the tap for cooking?